Creating Order out of Digital Chaos

If anyone has taken a look at my desk lately, he/she would know that I need to be tidier, including with my digital files. I ran across an article by Chris O'Brien, a journalist with the Silicon Valley CA Mercury, about his need to tidy up all his things digital and found myself nodding in agreement. Towards the end of "Time to Clean Up Your Digital Closet," he writes:


There are some strategies for storing your digital archives. But you'll have to do a lot of work. You will need to start thinking like a librarian and become an active curator of your files. That means relentlessly organizing, labeling and tagging, backing up and deleting.

"Thinking like a librarian...": Yes, indeed there is a librarian thought process about arranging, making access points, determining whether or not the content of the material justifies spending money, time, and space preserving it for the future that we do all day, every day, and sometimes even in our dreams!

It's late on Friday afternoon. If no one comes in during the next 45 minutes who needs reference help using the materials in the BDC, perhaps I can re-arrange the paperwork in such a way that I can actually see my desk! I'll have to handle the digital re-organization and deletion after I work some on the physical matter overload. What I can't see, can't hurt me, right?

 

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
 
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.